Migratory Bird Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation
Working with others to conserve, enhance, and better understand the ecology and habitats of migratory bird species.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
The program will continue to develop and implement conservation plans similar to prior fiscal years. The program continued to work with partners in the development and implementation of conservation plans that contribute to improving the health of migratory bird species and their habitats, and increasing opportunities for and access to outdoor recreation. The program also supported monitoring activities that provide critical data that allows the establishment of migratory bird hunting seasons that, in turn, provides hunting opportunities.Fiscal Year 2018
In FY18, the program issued 30 awards through its continued work with partners in the development and implementation of conservation plans that contribute to improving the health of migratory bird species and their habitats, and increasing opportunities for and access to outdoor recreation. The program also supported monitoring activities that provide critical data that allows the establishment of migratory bird hunting seasons that, in turn, provide hunting opportunities.Fiscal Year 2019
The program will continue to conduct conservation and monitoring activities similar to prior fiscal years.Fiscal Year 2020
No current data is available.
Fish and Wildlife Act, 16 U.S.C. §742 et seq.; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. §§661-666; Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. §2901 et seq.; Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 16 U.S.C. §703 et seq.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Federal; Interstate; Intrastate; State; Local; including Tribal Government; Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Public Institution/Organization; Federally Recognized Tribal Government; U.S. Territory or Possession; Institutions of Higher Education including Public Private, State College, University, Junior, and Community College; Individual/Family; Specialized Group; Small Business; Profit Organization; Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Private Institution/Organization; or Native American Organization.
Federal; Interstate; Intrastate; State; Local; including Tribal Government; Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Public Institution/Organization; Federally Recognized Tribal Government; U.S. Territory or Possession; Institutions of Higher Education including Public Private, State College, University, Junior, and Community College; Individual/Family; Specialized Group; Small Business; Profit Organization; Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Other Private Institution/Organization.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Projects and informal or formal proposals may be requested by the Regional or National Migratory Bird Program office directly from appropriate eligible applicants. These funding opportunities will be posted at www.grants.gov and will clearly outline the required forms or supplements (e.g. SF-424, full budget, etc.). Unsolicited project proposals from eligible applicants may also be submitted for consideration to Regional or National offices. Projects may also be mutually developed by the Regional or National office and appropriate eligible applicants. All projects contain mutually agreed upon deliverables and funding. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF)-424, and the appropriate Budget Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF 424B - Non-construction; or SF-424C and SF-424D - Construction).
The Migratory Bird Program Chief reviews and approves conservation projects based on proposals meeting the objectives. Once a proposal is accepted and mutually agreed upon deliverables and funding are approved, a formal agreement is written. Upon signing both parties, work can begin.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Decisions on funding a proposal are usually made no later than 180 days after receipt of the proposal. However, funding opportunities may present themselves at a later opportunity at which time projects may be reconsidered.
An award may be modified at the discretion of the issuing Regional or National office.
How are proposals selected?
How may assistance be used?
Grants and payments may be used for the conservation of any bird species protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Special emphasis will be placed on bird species listed in USFWS conservation and management priorities documents (e.g. USFWS Birds of Conservation Concern 2008, Focal Species list). Implementing national, regional, flyway Bird Conservation Region, and state-level bird conservation plans (e.g., Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation (http://www.partnersinflight.org), U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan (https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/bird-management-plans/the-us-shorebird-conservation-plan.php) North American Waterbird Conservation Plan (https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/bird-management-plans/waterbird-conservation-for-the-americas.php) are among the Service's highest priorities. Projects related to the priorities identified in these plans will receive the greatest funding consideration. Projects should address one or more of the following activities: a) Population surveys and monitoring to determine the health, status, trends, and distribution of bird species and groups of concern. Emphasis will be placed on landscape-level applications of standardized inventory and monitoring protocols (e.g., Breeding Bird Atlases, national marshbird call playblack surveys). Local-scale monitoring (e.g., local land management units) activities will generally not be a focus of this program; b) Applied research, including but not limited to, studies of habitat requirements, limiting factors, and population responses to habitat conservation activities; development of new monitoring techniques and programs for poorly-surveyed species; use of Geographic Information Systems, bird habitat modeling, and similar tools to identify bird habitat focus areas and further bird conservation planning efforts; and investigation of avian mortality events and monitoring of health and disease problems; c) Compilation of technical information, such as status reviews of bird species of concern, development of habitat management and restoration guidelines, disseminating updates and providing training about current and emerging diseases which impact migratory bird populations, and other outreach and education programs including programs structured towards youth and connecting people with nature. Habitat management projects are generally not covered under this program. For further information, please contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance reports are required. Recipients must monitor and report on project performance in accordance with the requirements in 2 CFR 200.328. A final performance report is due within 90 calendar days of the award period of performance end date, unless the awarding program approves a due date extension. The FWS details all reporting requirements including frequency and due dates in Notices of Award.
Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance funding is from the Service’s annual resource management appropriation and must be fully obligated by September 30 of its second year of availability. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Chief, Migratory Bird Bird Monitoring, Assessment and Conservation,
Migratory Bird Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB
Falls Church, VA 22041-3803 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$800,000.00; FY 19 est $1,000,000.00; FY 20 est $1,000,000.00; FY 17$1,635,200.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017
Program anticipates funding projects that support bird conservation projects similar to prior fiscal years. Projects supported include surveys and other monitoring and assessment activities to determine the status of numerous migratory bird populations and their habitat.Fiscal Year 2018
“Refining Eagle Population and Collision Risk Models for Incidental Take Permitting and Management Planning.” The purpose of this award is to improve the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) process for evaluating the risk of incidental eagle take at wind energy projects through collaboration with a member university of the Pacific Northwest CESU (Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit). The Service has identified an immediate need to develop specific tools and protocols for low-risk wind facilities that allow for expedited permit evaluation while ensuring that levels of eagle take are accounted for in a way that is consistent with management objectives. The ability to articulate key uncertainties which influence the models, and to design monitoring programs that can resolve these uncertainties, is particularly important. The goals of this collaboration are to: develop a standardized post-construction monitoring protocol for low-risk wind projects that would enable the Service to determine whether unacceptable levels of eagle take may be occurring, modify current models to better represent low-risk projects, evaluate survey design and data requirements as appropriate, and assist Service staff with implementation of products into the larger eagle permitting framework. The initial effort will focus on revising the collision model and developing a monitoring standard for projects in low-risk areas.Fiscal Year 2019
“Shorebird Movements in Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf.” This study makes use of a large existing dataset to provide the first comprehensive analysis of shorebird flight paths and altitudes in the Atlantic OCS in the context of offshore wind energy development. This information is essential for evaluating risk of these species from offshore wind energy development, used in NEPA assessments and consultations between BOEM and USFWS. Working closely with BOEM to address these information gaps using the best available science ensure that resources and management actions are used with maximum efficacy while minimizing regulatory burden.Fiscal Year 2020
Program has not yet selected projects for funding. Program anticipates funding projects that contribute to improving the health of migratory bird species and their habitats, and increasing opportunities for and access to outdoor recreation.